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Carvalho & Associates to Sponsor 2016 Race for Salem Sound

BEVERLY, MA – Carvalho & Associates, P.C. and Attorney Mike Carvalho are pleased to announce their support for the 2016 Race for Salem Sound. This annual event is hosted by The Salem Sound Coast-watch, a non-profit, community-based organization with a mission to protect and improve the environmental quality of our coastal waters and marine natural resources of Salem Sound and its watershed.

Carvalho & Associates will be a sponsor at the following events: The 7th Annual Run/Walk for the Beach 5K taking place on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 10:00AM; and The 11th Annual Swim & Fin, open water race in Salem Harbor on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Forest River park, Salem.

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Successful School Fundraiser for Spaulding Education Fund

spaulding-education-fund_logoMANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, MA – Carvalho & Associates, P.C. and Attorney Mike Carvalho are pleased to announce their support for the Spaulding Education Fund, a community-based organization that makes strategic investments in compelling educational initiatives in the Manchester Essex Regional School District.

Carvalho & Associates would like to thank the community for making its first annual Winter Beach Blast this past Friday night, March 18, an overwhelming success. The evening raised close to $10,000 which will all go towards funding innovative programs throughout the Manchester-Essex Regional Schools, in support of teachers and students in their pursuit of academic excellence. The Winter Beach Blast was made possible with the support of many local businesses and individuals including Coldwell Banker, Carvalho & Associates, Surfari Stand Up Paddle & Surf, Mayer Tree Service, Liberty Travel and The Singing Flower.

For over 25 years, the Spaulding Education Fund has helped students reach their greatest potential by enhancing the curriculum with innovative ideas and technology in every subject, across all grade levels beyond the scope of tax-supported budgets. Since its inception, SEF has funded on behalf of the community more than $1 million in grants to the Manchester-Essex School District.

SEF is a nonprofit, 501(C) 3 organization. It has no endowment, and relies completely on donations made by members of our community. For more information about SEF, please visit:

2015 Winner of Ronald M. Carvalho Memorial Scholarship

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WASHINGTON, DC – On June 1, 2015, Michael Carvalho presented the 13th Annual Ronald M. Carvalho Environmental Policy Award & Scholarship for outstanding EnvironMentors Project. The recipient of this years award is Xui Chen for her project entitled, “The Effects of Copper on the Fecundity of Caenorhabditis elegans”. Ms. Chen attends The School Without Walls in Washington, DC. and represents the Washington, DC Chapter of EnvironMentors.

For more information about the EnvironMentors program, please visit

Buyer Beware: Investigate Historic Use of Property

All property owners – residential, commercial and industrial – should investigate the historic use of property prior to committing to purchase using all appropriate inquiry under the circumstances of the transaction. Caveat Emptor (“buyer beware”) is an important legal concept that can hold the buyer and other responsible parties liable for hazardous substances on their property. The level of inquiry may vary given the nature of the transaction, lender requirements, etc., but national standards are available to determine the scope of any assessment. It is also critical to consider how the transaction is structured in terms of disclosures (e.g. representations by the Seller) and warranties that may attempt to limit the Seller’s exposure. According to this article, a division of national homebuilder Pulte Homes, denied responsibility for burying construction debris in the family’s backyard in Tampa, FL. Local news media claims that Pulte told them it “wasn’t responsible for the (homeowners) home which was built in 1990.” It should be noted that – in some parts of the U.S. – it was legal to bury construction related debris on-site, although such conduct is clearly not something most buyers would accept and has since been outlawed. Purchasers should retain the legal services of counsel familiar with such issues so that they can be addressed in the context of the purchase and sale agreement.

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